Physiotherapists assess and treat all patients that are ITU based or requiring critical care therapy. They can offer a wide range of treatment techniques but primarily focussing on optimising respiratory function of the ventilated or respiratory compromised Patients. Once the patient is over the acute phase of their illness the physiotherapist will then work alongside other specialists such as ITU outreach nurses and Occupational Therapists to provide continuing assessment and rehabilitation of the patient.

Patients following major bowel surgery, be it planned or unscheduled, are referred to the Ward based Physiotherapist either pre or post operatively to be assessed for their needs for a comprehensive respiratory assessment and treatment plan, and their rehabilitation/mobility needs. They will provide a comprehensive respiratory and functional assessment to assist in a speedy recovery and promote early discharge.

Patients requiring on-going therapy on leaving Barnsley Hospital maybe referred onto the following services:

  • Intermediate Care
  • Hospital at Home
  • Community Physiotherapy
  • Independent living at home service
  • Social services